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Things to do in the Hunter Valley

Snow Time in the Garden – Hunter Valley Gardens

It’s getting cold outside… are you ready for winter? Snow Time in the Garden has returned and brings with it fun and frosty action, so enjoy all your favourite activities: Ice Skating, Ice Tobogganing, the Snow Cave and Snow Play Zone from Saturday 19 June to Sunday 18 July 2021. And of course, when you get hungry, there’s plenty of wintery food on offer. Use your NSW Dine & Discover vouchersTo avoid disappointment book online.


For the art lover, Watershed Gallery, right next door to Hermitage Lodge, is a stunning space showcasing contemporary art. Owners Ron and Lyn Hammond will welcome you to interact with art and artists and leave you feeling you’ve become an integral part of the community.


Discover new treats and treasures each time you visit Handmade in the Hunter Markets. Located in the gardens of Sobel Wines, you can meet and talk with the artisans behind the creations. Check out the market schedule here.

You can also check out the Hunter Wine Country Markets held every Saturday, weather pending. They are located at De Bortoli Wines in Pokolbin and are pet-friendly. Please check the Facebook page for market updates.

We all want the opportunity to support small local businesses, and on Sunday 22 August 2021, from 10 am to 2 pm, you can do just that at the Homegrown Markets at Bimbadgen 2021.

Let’s celebrate the artisans and the things they create.

Hunter Valley Best Wineries

Australia’s top wineries: the 2021 list

The Real Review has teamed up with Good Weekend to announce Australia’s top wineries for 2021. Several Hunter Valley wineries have ranked within the top 52, making it a popular destination for wine lovers.

MOUNT PLEASANT National Rank: 10 find out more

TYRRELL’S National Rank: 14 find out more

SILKMAN National Rank: 27 find out more

LAKE’S FOLLY National Rank: 35 find out more

KEITH TULLOCH WINE National Rank: 42 find out more

PEPPER TREE National Rank: 44 find out more

Where to stay

Hermitage Lodge – Immerse yourself in the heart of the Hunter Valley

Hermitage Lodge is a boutique hotel nestled amongst the vines of a tranquil 20-hectare property. Choose from twenty rooms and seven different room types. Why not make it even more special with our Winter Fireside Escape Package.

609 McDonalds Road, Pokolbin
Info and reservations: Ph +61 2 4998 7639